Thursday, May 14, 2015

Japan’s ruling coalition endorses bills allowing military to fight overseas

Japan’s ruling coalition on Thursday signed off on a package of bills allowing the country’s military to take part in fighting abroad for the first time since Tokyo’s surrender in World War II.

Later in the day, the documents will be approved at the meeting of the cabinet of ministers and then be ready to be presented to the parliament.

The new bills give Japan the right to use the "minimum allowed" force in case of aggression against the country with which it maintains close relations. These states have not been specified.

The use of armed forces will now not be limited to geography. Earlier, this was only possible in case of emergency situations on the territory of Japan and adjacent areas.

The bills also allow the country’s armed forces to provide logistic support, including by ammunition, to the armies of other countries as part of operations approved by the United Nations.

The ruling coalition in the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and the Komeito centrist party have the majority in both houses of Japan’s parliament.

1 comment :

  1. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet adopted two security bills on Thursday that would, if passed by the Diet, greatly expand the scope of the Self-Defense Forces’ joint operations with foreign forces overseas...

    “The Cabinet today approved a package of security bills to ensure peace for Japan and the world,” Abe said at a news conference at his office.

    The legislation will be submitted to the current Diet session, where heated debate is expected. If passed, it will effectively usher in a historic shift away from the country’s long-held defensive posture on matters of security.

    One of the two bills would amend 10 security-related laws, removing some restrictions on SDF operations. One of the revisions would allow Japan to exercise the right of collective self-defense, or the right to come to the aid of a friendly nation under attack.

    Collective self-defense would be allowed only when there is an “clear danger” to Japan’s survival due to an armed attack on a country with which Tokyo has “close ties” and there are “no other appropriate means” to protect Japanese citizens...........


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